Syracuse probably won’t go undefeated in the ACC — although that still remains a theoretical possibility after Saturday’s dramatic 91-89 overtime win over Duke — but they appear to be an almost certain No. 1 seed in the East with a virtual homecourt advantage until the Final Four.
The No. 2 Orange (21-0, 8-0) remained unbeaten at after beating Duke before 35,446 at the Carrier Dome. They have now set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season.
Both Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm have the Orange as the No. 1 seed in the East, with the first two games in Buffalo — 1 hour, 20 minutes from Tyler Ennis’ house — and the next two games at Madison Square Garden.
Homecourt advantage anyone? To read more of this story, click here
Early this season it appeared as if Duke’s Jabari Parker might be the runaway favorite for ACC Freshman of the Year honors — maybe even conference and/or National Player of the Year.
But with the way Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis has been running his team, he nows present a legitimate challenge to Parker for Freshman of the Year honors.
Although one is a small forward and one is a point guard, the two players will face off for the first of two regular-season meetings on Saturday when No. 2 Syracuse hosts No. 17 Duke at a sold-out Carrier Dome. To read more of this story, click here
Tyus Battle isn’t the only big-time recruit coming to Saturday’s Duke-Syracuse tilt at the Carrier Dome.
Moustapha Diagne, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound 2015 power forward from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John, will also be on hand.
“He is very excited,” Pope John coach Jason Hasson, who will make the trip with Diagne, told SNY.tv. “It is going to be a great weekend with a huge basketball game any basketball fan would be excited to see.
“He has been to Syracuse three times before and likes the campus and the coaching staff. It’s an active college town that rallies to support their team. He is looking forward to speaking more directly with the coaching staff about To read more of this story, click here
Is Jamal Murray the next Tyler Ennis?
Like Ennis, Murray is Canadian, he is a talented point guard and he is being ignored in the ESPN rankings.
When the latest ESPN.com Class of 2016 rankings came out, the 6-foot-4 Murray was nowhere to be found in the Top 25.
Tony McIntyre, Ennis’ father and Murray’s CIA Bounce coach, isn’t buying it. To read more of this story, click here
For years, Syracuse has made a habit of seemingly never leaving New York State for its non-conference schedule, although the Orange did play in Maui this year.
This year, it’s entirely possible the Orange won’t have to leave the Empire State during the NCAA Tournament until the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.
Both Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm have the Orange as the No. 1 seed in the East and opening in Buffalo for the first two rounds. Buffalo, by the way, is only about 1 hour, 20 minutes from point guard Tyler Ennis’ home near Toronto. To read more of this story, click here
Tyus Battle is headed to Syracuse Saturday for the Duke game and he cannot wait.
“It’s going to be ridiculous with Duke coming in and the first time playing them in the ACC,” the 6-foot-5 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard told SNY.tv this weekend. “It’s going to be great.”
Battle has been to Syracuse three times before but never for a game.
“It’s going to be a great trip,” he said. “I’m going with my dad, my little brother, and my mom. The atmosphere is going to be ridiculous. We’re leaving Saturday morning around 10. The atmosphere is going to be great.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK -- Michael Carter-Williams won the battle of former Syracuse stars on Wednesday night, and made an impression on Carmelo Anthony in the process.
Making his first NBA appearance at Madison Square Garden, Carter-Williams went for 19 points, 12 rebound and 7 assists as the last-place Philadelphia 76ers beat the Knicks, 110-106, handing them their fifth straight loss.
“This is my second time playing against him,” said Anthony, who finished with 28 points and 7 assists in the loss. “He played extremely well. He’s very under control, a big guard out there, can see over a lot of guards, make plays and he almost had a triple-double.”
A leading contender for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, the 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams entered the game leading all rookies in points (17.5), assists (6.7), rebounds (5.7), and steals (2.5) per game. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Tyler Ennis replaced Michael Carter-Williams as the starting point guard at Syracuse, and now Carter-Williams can’t help but be impressed by his successor.
“I’ve seen a lot of Syracuse,” Carter-Williams said after putting up 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Philadelphia 76ers beat former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks, 110-106, at Madison Square Garden.
“Tyler’s playing great. He’s leading that team, along with C.J. [Fair]. Jerami [Grant]‘s playing great, Trevor [Cooney] also. They’re also playing great. They’re 18-0, they can’t be doing any better. I think Tyler’s really stepped up. He plays with a lot of poise and confidence so I’m proud of him.” To read more of this story, click here
It’s impossible to ignore all the hype surrounding Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis and his improving NBA Draft status.
DraftExpress.com currently has the 6-foot-2 Canadian — who on Monday was named ACC Rookie of the Week — projected as the No. 20 pick in the June Draft. He is the No. 3 point guard in the mock draft, behind only Australian Dante Exum at No. 5 and Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart at No. 6.
Keep in mind that the site pushed Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison back to the 2015 Draft.
Yes, Ennis’ stock is sky-high right now and it’s possible the Bandwagon could grow still bigger if No. 2 Syracuse makes a deep run in March. To read more of this story, click here
Pretty soon, Tyler Ennis’ Bandwagon is going to needs its own Bandwagon.
That’s how crowded it’s getting.
It’s liable to grow still bigger after Saturday’s performance in which Ennis scored six of Syracuse’s final eight points as the No. 2 Orange remained unbeaten with a 59-54 victory over No. 22 Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome.
“This was a Big East game, forget about ACC,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN’s Doris Burke. “This was a war.”
Ennis finished with 16 points, 3 assists and 1 turnover. C.J. Fair added 13 points, Jerami Grant 12 and Rakeem Christmas 10 as Syracuse remained unbeaten at 18-0, 5-0 ACC.
Pitt, which got 18 points from Lamar Patterson and 12 from Talib Zanna, dropped to 16-2, 4-1 ACC. To read more of this story, click here